Sappi Limited leadership

Members of the Group Management Committee and the Sappi Limited Board of Directors:*

The Group Management Committee and Sappi Limited Board of Directors collectively determines major policies and strategies and is responsible for managing risk.

Group Management Committee

Steve Binnie

Stephen Robert Binnie (Steve)**
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited

Age: 53
Qualifications: BCom, BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
Appointed: September 2012




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Binnie was appointed CEO of Sappi Limited in July 2014. He joined Sappi in July 2012 as CFO designate and was appointed CFO and Executive Director from 01 September 2012. Before joining Sappi, he held various senior finance roles and was previously CFO of Edcon for 10 years after having been in a senior finance role at Investec Bank Limited for four years.

Glen Pearce

Glen Thomas Pearce**
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Sappi Limited

Age: 57
Qualifications: BCom, BCom Hons, CA(SA)
Appointed: July 2014




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Pearce joined Sappi Limited in June 1997 as Financial Manager and subsequently held various senior finance roles in South Africa and Belgium before being promoted to CFO and Executive Director of Sappi Limited in July 2014. Before joining Sappi, he worked at Murray & Roberts Limited from 1992 to 1996.

Berry Wiersum

Berend John Wiersum (Berry)**
Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe

Age: 64
Qualifications: MA (Medieval and Modern History)
Appointed: January 2007




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Wiersum joined Sappi in January 2007 as CEO of Sappi Europe. Before joining Sappi, Mr Wiersum was a freelance mergers and acquisitions consultant for one year. He was previously Managing Director of Kappa Packaging and a member of the management board in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), where he was responsible for overseeing over 90 packaging plants across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa. Mr Wiersum was Chairman of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) from 2011 and 2012. Until 31 December 2016, he remained Chairman of the board of directors of the European Association of Graphic Paper Producers (Euro-Graph).

Mike Haws

Michael George Haws (Mike)**
President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi North America

Age: 57
Qualifications: BSc (Paper Science and Engineering)
Appointed: October 2019




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Haws joined Sappi in 2012 as Managing Director of the Somerset Mill before being promoted to Vice President Manufacturing in October 2015 with responsibility for the Somerset, Westbrook and Cloquet Mills; the Allentown sheeting facility; Safety, Research and Development, and Customer Care. He has extensive experience in the industry and, before joining Sappi, he held numerous leadership roles with St Regis, Champion International, International Paper and
Verso Paper. While leading the Somerset Mill, Mr Haws received the Pulp and Paper International (PPI) Mill Manager of the Year award in 2014.

Mr Haws is an experienced industry leader who has been integral to the development and execution of Sappi’s 2020Vision and the investments Sappi made in North America to grow the DP and packaging and speciality papers businesses.

Mr Haws holds a Bachelor of Science in Paper Science and Engineering from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York and has undertaken an executive education programme at Harvard Business School.

Alex Thiel

Alexander van Coller Thiel (Alex)**
Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Southern Africa

Age: 59
Qualifications: BSc (Mechanical Engineering), MBA (Financial Management and Information Technology)
Appointed: December 1989




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Thiel joined Sappi in December 1989 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Chairman in Johannesburg. In April 1993, as part of Sappi’s expansion into Europe, he moved to Brussels as the Administration Manager reporting to the Managing Director of Sappi Europe. With the creation of Sappi Europe, he was appointed in February 1998 as Manager Marketing Intelligence, reporting to the Sales and Marketing Director. He led the project to implement the sales, marketing and distribution modules of SAP across the European business. In January 2003, he became the Director Logistics, reporting to the CEO of Sappi Europe. He was appointed Group Head Procurement of Sappi Limited in January 2008 and Integration Executive, in charge of the integration of the acquired M-real business into Sappi’s operations in September 2008.

He led a project to redefine and implement Sappi’s ‘go-to-market’ strategy in Europe from October 2009. Mr Thiel was appointed CEO of Sappi Southern Africa with effect from 01 December 2010. In this role, he has supported Sappi Southern Africa’s management to streamline the South African kraft, fine paper and dissolving pulp divisions into a single business unit; close the Adamas Mill; and sell the Enstra and Cape Kraft Mills as well as the Sappi Usutu operations in Swaziland. He has helped management to grow dissolving pulp operations at the Ngodwana and Saiccor Mills.

Richard Wells

Richard Wells**
Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Trading

Age: 51
Qualifications: BCom (Accounting), BCompt Hons, CA(SA), GEDP, EDP
Appointed: October 1997




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Wells joined Sappi in October 1997 and has held several senior financial roles in the organisation including Sappi Kraft, Sappi Southern Africa, Sappi Europe, Usutu Pulp Mill, the Jiangxi Chenming Joint Venture and at Saiccor Mill, where he was also a director of the Lignotech Joint Venture. After many years in financial roles, he joined Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging in 2012 as Vice President Sales and Marketing and has played a significant role to restore profitability in this business. He is well qualified to lead Sappi’s efforts in the international markets.

Gary Bowles

Gary Roy Bowles**
Group Head Technology

Age: 60
Qualifications: BSc (Electrical Engineering), GCC, PR Eng, PMD, EDP
Appointed: November 1990




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Bowles joined Saiccor Mill (South Africa) in 1990. He served in various engineering and production positions at the mill until he was appointed General Manager in 2004. In January 2011, he was appointed Managing Director of Sappi Specialised Cellulose and in July 2011, Mr Bowles joined the group management team with responsibility for the increased need to coordinate the global marketing, sales and customer technical engagement responsibilities of the dissolving pulp business while continuing to be responsible for operations at the Saiccor Mill.

In October 2013, he joined the Group Executive Committee as Executive Vice President Sappi Specialised Cellulose and joined the Sappi North America board releasing his manufacturing role at Saiccor Mill. In January 2018, Mr Bowles assumed the position of Group Head Technology and is accountable for group research and development, risk management, including governance and assurance, support to major capital projects and leadership of the group technical management team. Mr Bowles has experience in engineering, manufacturing, project execution, and operational and risk management. He joined the European regional board in 2018. He has held various leadership positions in his career dealing with a wide range of functional disciplines.

Mohamed Mansoor

Mohamed Iqbal Mansoor**
Executive Vice President of Sappi Dissolving Pulp

Age: 53
Qualifications: BSc (Chemistry and Mathematics), BSc Hons (Chemistry), MBA
Appointed: August 1991




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Mansoor joined Sappi at Saiccor Mill in 1991 where he was responsible for process investigations, customer complaints, quality control, manufacturing cost reduction initiatives and technical application support for dissolving pulp (DP) customers in Europe and the United States of America. In January 1999, he was appointed Product Manager DP and relocated to Hong Kong. In January 2001, Mr Mansoor was appointed Commercial Manager Pulp responsible for DP sales in Southeast Asia. In June 2007, he was appointed General Manager Pulp in Hong Kong with responsibility for the global sales of DP after spending three years as Vice President Pulp Sales in Sappi’s New York office and in January 2018, he
joined the Group Executive Committee as Executive Vice President Sappi Dissolving Pulp. He has a solid sales and technical background and customer relationships, together with a strong track record of delivering sales results. His expertise includes contract negotiation and management, supply chain management, strategic planning, sales management, key account management, international logistics and technical application support.

Fergus Marupen

Fergus Conan Salvador Marupen (Fergus)**
Group Head Human Resources

Age: 55
Qualifications: BA Hons (Psychology), BEd (Education Management), MBA, LCOR
Appointed: March 2015




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Marupen joined Sappi on 01 March 2015. Before joining Sappi, Mr Marupen held various positions at Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) where he was the acting Chief Operating Officer, Group Executive Human Resources for Absa Group Limited and executive management positions with Kumba Resources, Kumba Iron Ore and BHP Billiton (Energy Coal).

Maarten van Hoven

Maarten van Hoven**
Group Head Strategy and Legal

Age: 47
Qualifications: BProc, LLM (International Business Law)
Appointed: December 2011




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr van Hoven joined Sappi in December 2011. Mr van Hoven is an admitted attorney of the High Court in South Africa. Before joining Sappi, he was employed at the Competition Commission of South Africa, managing the mergers and acquisitions department. He has 20 years’ practical legal experience in corporate, commercial and competition law, both in private and public sectors and often leading teams of professionals. During his career at Sappi, Mr van Hoven has been responsible for coordinating and creating Sappi’s 2020Vision and Thrive25 strategic initiatives and has been leading some major asset disposals and/or acquisitions in which Sappi had been involved during the past few years. Mr van Hoven is a member of the Sappi Executive Committee and also the custodian of the Sappi Code of Ethics and Group Legal Compliance Programme.

Marjorie Boles

Marjorie Boles
Group Chief Information Officer

Age: 50
Qualifications: BA (Economics and Mathematics), MBA (Entrepreneurship)
Appointed: June 2018




Skills, expertise and experience
Mrs Boles has been with Sappi since 1999. In 2012, she assumed global responsibility for Sappi’s customer-facing digital solutions. She was appointed CIO for Sappi North America in 2016 as well as being a member of the global IT Leadership Council. Prior to joining Sappi, Marjorie was a process optimisation consultant with Andersen Consulting and drove technology improvements for equity and control operations at Fidelity.

Tracy Wessels

Tracy Wessels
General Manager: Group Sustainability and Research & Development Dissolving Pulp

Age: 45
Qualifications: PhD (Organic Chemistry), PMD (with distinction) GIBS
Nationality: South African
Appointed: January 2021

 


Skills, expertise and experience

Ms Wessels has worked for Sappi since 2001 holding progressively more senior positions. After starting in R&D at Saiccor Mill, she transitioned into a Customer Technical Services role, which covered both the applications R&D and Customer Technical Services. She brings a strong technical background to her new role, coupled with significant customer relationship management experience, and regular engagement on sustainability related matters.

In addition to her role as GM Technical on the DP Business team, she is a member of the GTMT. She obtained her PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2002 from UKZN and PMD (with distinction) from GIBS. She is the global winner of the Sappi Technical Innovation Award for 2005, amongst other accolades.

André Oberholzer

André Frederich Oberholzer
Group Head Corporate Affairs

Age: 54
Qualifications: BCom (Law)
Appointed: September 2001




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Oberholzer joined Sappi Limited in 2001 as the Group Head for Corporate Affairs. In this role he has global responsibility for Sappi’s internal, external, corporate and business communication and reputation management programmes. In addition, he has line responsibility for Sappi’s Southern African communication function. Prior to joining Sappi he worked for 14 years as a diplomat for South Africa, focused on multilateral affairs.

Ami Mahendranath

Ami Mahendranath
Group Company Secretary 

Age: 53
Qualifications: BCom ACIS, Certificate in Corporate Governance
Appointed: November 2017




Skills, expertise and experience
Ms Mahendranath joined Sappi in November 2017 as Group Company Secretary. Prior to her joining Sappi, she was Company Secretary at Merafe Resources Limited and South African Tourism.

She provides secretarial services to the Sappi board and all board committees, as well as the Group Executive Committee.

Louis Kruyshaar

Louis Kruyshaar
Executive Vice-President of Sappi Biotech

Age: 50
Qualifications: BTech (Pulp and Paper), BEng (Chemical Engineering), MBA, EDP
Appointed: January 1993




Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Kruyshaar joined Enstra Mill in 1993 as a Sappi bursar, becoming a production superintendent. From 2001 until 2003 he was Technical Manager at Sappi Usutu Mill in Swaziland before moving to Ngodwana Mill as the Paper Mill Manager in 2004. In 2006, he became the Pulp Mill Manager at Ngodwana Mill before moving to Tugela Mill as the General Manager in 2008.

Board of directors

Sappi Limited Board of Directors

Nigel Rudd

Sir Nigel Rudd
Independent Chairman

Age: 73
Qualifications: DL, Chartered Accountant 
Nationality: British
Appointed: April 2006



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Nomination and Governance Committee (Chairman)
  • Attends Audit and Risk Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee and Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee meetings ex officio

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Signature Aviation plc (Chairman)
  • Meggitt plc (Chairman)

Skills, expertise and experience
Sir Nigel Rudd has held various senior management and board positions in a career spanning more than 35 years. He founded Williams plc in 1982 and the company went on to become one of the largest industrial holding companies in the United Kingdom (UK). The queen knighted him for services to the manufacturing industry in the UK in 1996. He holds honorary doctorates from Loughborough and Derby universities.

Brian Beamish

Brian Richard Beamish (Brian)
Independent

Age: 63
Qualifications: BSc (Mechanical Engineering), HBS PMD
Nationality: British and South African
Appointed: March 2019



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee
  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Nordgold (Member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee, as well as Chairman of the Safety and Sustainable Development Committee)
  • Sita Capital Global Mining Opportunities Fund (Associate Partner)

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Beamish is a qualified mechanical engineer with over 40 years of relevant management, business and leadership experience in capital-intensive industries. He was appointed to the Lonmin board in 2013 and served as Chairman from May 2014 until June 2019 when the corporate action with Sibanye Stillwater concluded. He also served as Chair of the Nomination Committee and as a member of the Remuneration and Safety, Health and Environment Committees. His senior executive career was spent within Anglo American, where his final role until retirement was Group Director Mining and Technology, before which he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Base Metals division.

Mike Fallon

Michael Anthony Fallon (Mike)
Independent

Age: 62
Qualifications: BSc Hons (First Class)
Nationality: British
Appointed: September 2011



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee (Chairman)
  • Nomination and Governance Committee

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Fallon retired as an executive director of Nippon Sheet Glass Company Limited (NSG Group) at the end of June 2012. Before retiring, Mr Fallon was President of NSG’s Global Automotive division, with 17,500 employees, heading up all the glass and glazing operations in the key automotive regions across the world. With annual sales of around €6 billion, the NSG Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the building, automotive and speciality glass sectors. His management and leadership experience extends across a wide range of functions from plant management, sales and marketing and supply chain to general management, including mergers and acquisition experience.

During his 30-year career in a highly competitive industry, he held several positions, including President of Pilkington operations in North America and director and Chairman of companies in the UK, New Zealand and Finland. In his last four years at NSG group, he was both a main board director and leader of its Global Automotive division. He was responsible for leading and developing the strategic direction and ultimately the performance and governance of this business. His leadership and experience covered all aspects of the business, from its research and development, sales and marketing, 30 manufacturing sites, supply chain, including 150 warehouses and distribution centres, purchasing, human resources and finance.

James Lopez

James Michael Lopez (Jim)
Independent

Age: 61
Qualifications: BA (Economics)
Nationality: American
Appointed: March 2019



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Lopez is the former President and CEO of Tembec Inc (2006 to 2017) having progressed through management, senior management and executive positions in Tembec since 1989. In 2017, Mr Lopez successfully negotiated the sale of Tembec Inc, a manufacturer of lumber, pulp, paper/paperboard and speciality cellulose and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices. Mr Lopez previously served as Co-Chairman of the Bi-National Softwood Lumber Council. Previous Chairmanships included the Softwood Lumber Board, Forest products Innovation, Ontario Forest Products Association and Forest Products Association of Canada.

Peter Mageza

Nkateko Peter Mageza (Peter)
Independent

Age: 65
Qualifications: FCCA (UK)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: January 2010



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Audit and Risk Committee (Chairman)
  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Anglo American Platinum Limited
  • RCL Foods Limited
  • Remgro Limited

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Mageza joined the Sappi board after holding senior executive positions across several industries. He is a former Group Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Absa Group Limited, assistant General Manager at Nedcor Limited and CEO of Autonet, the Road Passenger and Freight Logistics division of Transnet Limited. He was previously a director at MTN Group Limited.

Zola Malinga

Zola Nwabisa Malinga
Independent

Age: 42
Qualifications: BCom, CA(SA)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: October 2018



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Audit and Risk Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Grindrod Bank Limited
  • Grindrod Financial Holdings Limited

Skills, expertise and experience
Mrs Malinga, Chartered Accountant (CA)SA, has extensive experience in investment banking and corporate finance. She is the founder and Executive Director of Jade Capital Partners, a women-owned investment holding company that invests in the property and industrial sectors. She was previously a director in the Real Estate Finance Division of Standard Bank where she was also a member of the Executive and Deal Approval Committees. Before this, she was an Investment Banker at Standard Bank and a Corporate Finance Consultant at Investec Bank Limited. Mrs Malinga previously served as a non-executive director on Sasol Inzalo Limited, Hospitality Property Fund Limited and Grindrod Limited’s boards.

Bonakele Mehlomaku

Dr Bonakele Mehlomakulu (Boni)
Independent

Age: 47
Qualifications: PhD (Chemical Engineering)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: March 2017



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Hulamin Limited

Skills, expertise and experience
Dr Boni Mehlomakulu holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. Her career started at Sasol before joining the Department of Science and Technology occupying various management roles. Her recent executive role was CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards; a position she held for nine years. In addition to her non-executive directorship at Sappi Limited, she also serves as a non-executive director at Hulamin Limited. Her past directorships include PBMR (Proprietary) Limited, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa, Eskom Holdings SOC Limited and the Technology Innovation Agency, she also served as the Deputy Chair of Unisa Council and was a country representative on the Council of International Organization for Standardization (ISO, Geneva).

Valli Moosa

Mohammed Valli Moosa (Valli)
Lead independent director

Age: 63
Qualifications: BSc (Mathematics and Physics)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: August 2010



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee (Chairman)
  • Nomination and Governance Committee

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Moosa has held numerous leadership positions across business, government, politics and civil society in South Africa and internationally. Mr Moosa has expertise in finance, general business and mining. He has extensive leadership
experience in the public and private sector. He is also an international expert on sustainable development and climate change.

Mr Moosa previously served as Chairman of the world’s biggest platinum producer, Anglo Platinum Limited and as Chairman of Sun International Limited. He served on the boards of the financial services group, Sanlam Limited, which has operations in South Africa, India, the UK and in numerous African countries. He served on the board of transport and logistics company, Imperial Holdings. Imperial operates in Sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. He participated in establishing two Johannesburg-based private equity funds and the investment house, Lereko Investments.

He was South African Minister of Constitutional Development; the President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature; Chairman of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development; Chairman of the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa and he served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress until 2009 and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Tokyo-based Innovation for a Cool Earth Forum.

Rob Jan Renders

Robertus Johannes Antonius Maria Renders (Rob Jan)
Independent

Age: 67
Qualifications: MSc (Mechanical Engineering), MDP
Nationality: Dutch
Appointed: October 2015



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • Walki Group Oy (Chairman)

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Renders is a business consultant. He was a board member of Duropack GmbH from 2012 until the end of May 2015, as well as CEO of Duropack from May 2013 until May 2015. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Chairman of OTOR Société Anonyme, a leading packaging provider in France. Between 1989 and 2006, he held various positions at Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), a leading global producer of hygiene products and packaging solutions, including Mill Manager at SCA Packaging De Hoop, Managing Director of SCA Packaging De Hoop, President of SCA Packaging Containerboard, President of SCA Packaging Europe and Senior Vice President Special Project Global Packaging for SCA Group. He has various consulting positions and is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Walki Group Oy based in Espoo (Finland), a company specialising in sustainable packaging and engineered material solutions.

Janice Stipp

Janice Elaine Stipp (Janice)
Independent

Age: 61
Qualifications: BA (Accounting), MBA
Nationality: American
Appointed: June 2019



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Audit and Risk Committee

Other board and organisation memberships

  • ArcBest Corporation (Chairperson of the Audit Committee)
  • Commercial Vehicle Group Inc
  • Michigan State University Foundation

Skills, expertise and experience
Ms Stipp retired from Rogers Corporation in 2018 where she served as Senior Vice President (2017-2018), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer from 2015. Before that, Ms Stipp was employed at several companies in senior financial positions, including Tecumseh Products, Acument Global Technologies, GDX Automotive and TI Group Automotive Systems. Ms Stipp holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Ms Stipp is currently a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee of ArcBest Corporation. She serves on Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG)’s Board and is currently on the Audit Committee and Chair of Governance and Nomination Committee.

Steve Binnie

Stephen Robert Binnie (Steve)
Chief Executive Officer

Age: 53
Qualifications: BCom, BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
Nationality: British
Appointed: September 2012



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee
  • Attends meetings of all other board committees by invitation 

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Binnie was appointed CEO of Sappi Limited in July 2014. He joined Sappi in July 2012 as CFO designate and was appointed CFO and Executive Director from 01 September 2012. Before joining Sappi, he held various senior finance roles and was previously CFO of Edcon for 10 years after having been in a senior finance role at Investec Bank Limited for four years.

Glen Pearce

Glen Thomas Pearce
Chief Financial Officer

Age: 57
Qualifications: BCom, BCom Hons, CA(SA)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: July 2014



Sappi board committee memberships

  • Expected to attend Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Pearce joined Sappi Limited in June 1997 as Financial Manager and subsequently held various senior finance roles in South Africa and Belgium before being promoted to CFO and Executive Director of Sappi Limited in July 2014. Before joining Sappi, he worked at Murray & Roberts Limited from 1992 to 1996.

Footnote

* Ages of leadership on 31 December 2020.
** Group Executive Committee.